One such place I recently visited was Minburn, AB. Place Names of Alberta says that a writer named Mina Burns is the towns namesake. The only thing I could find about her is she was a magazine writer from Ottawa who wrote about Western Canada. Did she visit the area? Did someone realllly admire her writing? They must have been some great articles to get a town named after you....does my blog qualify me to have anything named after me? I'd settle for a park or a lake.
Canadian Northern Railway established a station here in 1905, a post office followed in 1906 and Minburn was incorporated as a Village in 1919. In 2015 Minburn was downgraded to a hamlet. The population was 105 in 2011. To be a Village you need to have 300+ people. The trains still run by Minburn but there is no longer a station on Railway Ave.
I know there are lots of interesting things to discover in Minburn County but I only explored the townsite (hamletsite?) on this visit. On my first pass through town, I saw a couple old homes that had some character. I do believe that they were occupied though, so I didn't take photos.
Here are some things in and just outside of town.
|An old thresher and truck|
|Out of Service|
I love 'Now & Then' photos. Here is the Minburn Hotel and in 50's. I'm sure it much older but I couldn't find another photo.
|On the corner of Railway Ave and 50th St|
|Photo from www.prairie-towns.com|
Hope you enjoyed this Minburn Moment, be sure to stop by a small town today and see what you find!
I like your captions for the old service station and the truck!ReplyDelete
Thanks Debra! If only the truck had made it another few yards to the service station..lolDelete
I love those little villages/hamlets. The truck in the field is my favourite photo. It is waiting for someone to put the hood down.ReplyDelete
Thanks Marie! I wonder how long it has been there? I love finding old vehicles.Delete
Nominate a tree for Heritage Tree status and then demand it be named "Jenn's Tree!" Love exploring little towns too.ReplyDelete
I like this idea! I should go see if my Arbour Day tree is still around, that should be my tree automatically!Delete
It is amazing how many abandoned places you have over there.Beautiful photos.ReplyDelete
Thank you Yael! It seemed like every road I went down last weekend had something abandoned!Delete
Is that old gas station right in the town? It looks like it is out in a field.ReplyDelete
Hey Glen! It's a block west of the hotel, nothing else around it so it looks to be out of town.Delete
Just heard today about the school burning down. Apparently arson. Someone has been charged. Fire 🔥 was in 2019. How old was the school 🏫 ?ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment! I hope to explore around there again soon!Delete
I live in Minburn, no the school didn't burn down. It was torn down and salvaged after being vacant for years. As for the age I don't know.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment, I am glad to see people finding my blog somehow!!Delete